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Out Adventures partners with Rainbow Railroad to help LGBTQ+ refugees find safety

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  •   06-23-2021  2:57 pm
  •   Pax Global Media
Out Adventures partners with Rainbow Railroad to help LGBTQ+ refugees find safety
From left: Kimahli Powell, executive director, Rainbow Railroad; Robert Sharp, owner, Out Adventures. (Supplied)
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Toronto-based Out Adventures, a global leader in small-group tours and cruises for the LGBTQ+ community, has announced a community partnership with Rainbow Railroad, a charitable organization that resettles LGBTQ+ people who face persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics.

The tour operator plans to donate $25,000 USD by the end of 2022.

“For over 10 years we’ve made a point to support LGBTQ+ organizations in the places we visit and at home. But as we recover from the pandemic and borders open up, we want to extend this support,” said Robert Sharp, Owner of Out Adventures. “Beginning immediately, we will donate $50 to Rainbow Railroad for every guest that travels on a scheduled Out Adventures tour. Every booking will contribute to their efforts to help innocent people live a safe life full of pride.”

There are more than 80 million people around the world who are displaced right now – the highest number since World War II.

Worse, the LGBTQ+ community is especially vulnerable to the systemic, state-enabled homophobia and transphobia that pervades many nations.

“Rainbow Railroad’s work continues to be more vital than ever as the ongoing COVID-19 crisis puts LGBTQI people around the globe at even greater risk,” said Kimahli Powell, Rainbow Railroad’s Executive Director. “So far in 2021, we have received more than 1,500 requests for help from individuals in over 90 countries.”

“Thanks to the partnership with Out Adventures and their generous support, we will be able to help more people find safety.”

The partnership between Out Adventures and Rainbow Railroad kicks off during Pride Month and will continue into 2022 and beyond.

Rainbow Railroad is an international non-profit organization that helps LGBTQI+ people seek safe haven from state-led violence and persecution in countries where homosexuality is criminalized.

To date, the organization has moved more than 1,000 people to safer countries and has advocated for the dismantling of homophobic and transphobic laws internationally.

The organization was profiled on 60 Minutes in 2019 and was featured on Canada’s Drag Race in 2020. To learn more, visit www.rainbowrailroad.org.

Out Adventures, since 2008, has introduced travellers to more than 100 countries and all seven continents.

The company is also dedicated to the communities it visits, supports local business and believes in purpose before profit.

To learn more, visit www.outadventures.com.


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